brandyclientGIDEON’S ARMY


GIDEON’S ARMY follows Travis Williams, Brandy Alexander and June Hardwick, three young Public Defenders who are part of a small group of idealistic lawyers in the Deep South challenging the assumptions that drive a criminal justice system strained to the breaking point. Backed by mentor Jonathan “Rap” Rapping, a charismatic leader who heads the Southern Public Defender Training Center, they struggle against long hours, low pay and staggering caseloads so common that even the most committed often give up in their first year. Nearly 50 years since the landmark Supreme Court ruling Gideon vs. Wainwright that established the right to counsel, can these courageous lawyers revolutionize the way America thinks about indigent defense and make “justice for all” a reality?


Director/Producer: Dawn Porter
Producer: Julie Goldman
Executive Producer: Sheila Nevins
Senior Producers: Nancy Abraham, Jacqueline Glover
Co-Producer: Summer Damon
Line Producer: Carolyn Hepburn
Story Consultant: Chris Clements
Cinematographers: Chris Hilleke, Patrick Sheehan
Editor: Matthew Hamachek
Music By: Paul Brill

Sundance Film Festival: 2013 Premiere
Sundance Film Festival: 2013 U.S. Documentary Editing Award
Ridenhour Prizes : 2014 Documentary Film Prize
Emmy Awards Nominee: 2014 Outstanding Informational Programming
Independent Spirit Awards Nominee: 2014 Best Documentary

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